Congratulations to Heather and Cresta who were the randomly picked winners.  We hope you all enjoyed the giveaway!Just recently Mark and I felt it was time to sell our Homestead Drying Rack and Homestead Store Business.  With growing boys and new adventures ahead, my husband was no longer able to fill the demand of a growing business.  He is now teaching our 3 boys the trade of home construction and remodeling.

When we announced the sale of our business we were met with a flood of inquiries and many hopeful prospects.  One family was especially keen on the business.  7 days from the initial announcement of sale, this family decided to fly out to take a look at the business.

They were from Oregon.  We did not know who they were but we wanted to make their stay nice so we had planned to put them up in a little guest cottage situated on the farm we rent.  The minute I opened my front door to them was the minute our hearts connected.  It was like we were cut from the same fabric.  It is almost never that you can find a family that lives such parallel lives from such a grand distance on earth.  The more stories we shared, the more we knew we would be not only have the perfect family to carry on our business we so lovingly shaped, to having life long friends.

Several weeks following our amazing visit, we were on a plane to Oregon to spend several days on their homestead.  I felt the love and peace of God surrounding each step of the way.  Mark was showing the other 'Mark' how to dial in the tools to make the drying racks with great attention to each detail as he has always endeavored to put forth.

The time we spent with their family is a treasure to us.  They are hard working, honest, lovely people who are more than what we prayed for in carrying on the Homesteading business.  I helped Kristy learn the website and it is exciting to us how they just ran with it.  They are carrying a huge amount of homesteading supplies.  Just about everything you could possibly need from beginning homesteader to the journeyman!  I am so proud of them and the level of quality they are putting out.

I want to introduce....The Gunderson Family.  The proud new owners of Homestead Drying Racks and the Homestead Store.  In celebration for their grand opening, we would like to offer a great Giveaway!  Keep reading... I JUST have to give them the opportunity to introduce themselves, you are going to love them!!! Here is a little piece I pulled from their new blog...


Hello there!
We are the proud owners of Homestead Drying Racks and
The Homestead Store.
We are a family of 7 who have been homesteading for the past 20 + years.
We share daily life on our farm with cows, chickens, goats, honeybees and plenty of other critters
from season to season!


We live in the beautiful state of Oregon.
It's that beautiful.
This view is 15 minutes from our farm.


We have 5 kiddos.
(some homegrown, and some grown into our hearts by adoption)
They all think its pretty awesome to be called "farm kids" and wear it proudly!


We also grow produce and different kinds of berries.
We are busy - but extremely Blessed.


So we were very excited when God dropped this opportunity right
into our lap to become the new owners of:


It's quite an amazing story that I'll share in a different post.
Did I mentioned we're Blessed?
Oh good.
I just did.
Here's the main Man behind it all.
This guy works harder than anyone I know.
He has vision for his family.
(and his wife thinks he's pretty darn cute!)
Uh....that would be me!


All the kids work on this Homestead.
We couldn't do what we do without them - they really are amazing!


So there ya have it.
A little bit about us - I'm looking forward to blogging more about our lives, our products, family, farming, homeschooling.....
and everything in between!

Homestead Store Giveaway!!!!
First Prize...Pioneer Wooden Drying Rack


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The "Pioneer" is our large drying rack. Perfect for a small to medium size family for every day use. It offers 30' lineal ft. of drying space. I keep this one by our wood stove all winter to dry coats, snowsuits, hats & gloves. It works wonderfully.
Handcrafted here on our Oregon farm.
Handcrafted With Hardwood Dowels
30 lin. ft. of drying space
Size: 5'x3'
Size When Opened: 30"
Size When Closed: 6''
Assembled weight: 16 lbs.
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Second Prize...The Backyard Homestead book


Author: Carleen Madigan
ISBN: 978-1-60342-138-6
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing
With just a quarter acre of land, you can feed a family of four with fresh, organic food year-round. This comprehensive guide to self-sufficiency gives you all the information you need to grow and preserve a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, and grains; raise chickens for eggs and meat; raise cows, sheep, and goats for meat or milk; raise pigs and rabbits; and keep honey bees. Simple instructions make it easy to enjoy canned, frozen, dried, and pickled produce all winter; use your own grains to make bread, pasta, and beer; turn fresh milk into delicious homemade yogurt, butter, and cheese; make your own wine, cordials, and herbal teas; and much, much more. It truly is possible to eat entirely from your backyard.“Bottom line is, even if you’re not ready for complete self-sufficiency, in today’s economic climate, it just makes sense to try to produce some of your own food. And this book is a great way to get your feet wet.”

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Just for a reminder…

Tea Time Talk Show Tuesday Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  at 10 am CST will feature Co-Host Owen Newman

  • The following Tuesday will be featuring Owen Newman from the hills of TN talking about homesteading and the simple life.  He has a lot of wisdom and experience living with less and making the most of each and every resource they are given.  If you have any specific questions, please leave a comment below or send us an email or message on Facebook from the Keeper of the Homestead page.  

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    • We are thinking of doing some gardening this year, and maybe chickens in the future. I like the stainless steel whisk, bottle funnel, and measuring spoons besides the rack and homesteading book.

  1. I would like it if they had:
    1. Beekeeping materials
    2. How-to videos on misc homestead topics that you could stream online
    3. Meat grinder

  2. I am so happy for you, Erin, and what an amazing family to take over your business! That view is spectacular. Wow! Many blessings to you, my dear sister in Christ.

  3. Wish someone sold cast iron waffle irons…
    1. Biggest drying wracks ever. Awesome.
    2. Homesteading dvds look tempting.
    3. Stainless steal tea pot. I love tea 🙂

  4. Love your family and the new family seems wonderful as well!! Best of Wishes for them to get everything up and running smoothly.

  5. What a wonderful story! I have been on the store site before and found so many things I like. I would love to have a copy of the book, a pressure canner, and anything cast iron. We already have all of the DVDs on the site and we love to watch them as a family.

  6. I would like to have your Homesteading DVD’s, a drying rack, and pasta machine. So glad the the Lord provided the perfect family to take on your business. Blessings, Jenny

  7. Only 3? The drying rack of course, maybe two of those with me doing diapers. Bee keeping supplies and stainless steel tea pot!

  8. the homesteader drying rack, the stainless steel cake pan, and the pioneer drying rack….I love the look of these drying racks and have been wanting to try one.

  9. I am in need of a new drying rack. Ours was lost in the house fire last Nov. Have not been able to get my hands on a new one.

  10. Cast iron cook ware, reusable canning jar kids, and the grain mill. This is a beautiful story. Excited for the new owners!

  11. 1.Homestead drying rack (for cloth diapers mainly but also other laundry)
    2. deitz lanterns…we need a few of them
    3. cream separator

  12. God’s timing is always perfect! I would enjoy more of the Homesteading DVDs. I’ve already had the privilege of reading Living Virtuously, it encourages me daily – hearing your voice Erin when I’m tempted to be lazy 😉

  13. I would love to have some of the cast iron cookware, especially the skillets. Also I’m hoping to some day be able to afford a grain mill. I can always use another sharp paring knife also.

  14. I like that you can buy homesteading books since we are looking for land to start homesteading on. I also like your cast iron series. I also like your homesteading DVDs. We own most if them. They have been a big help. Thanks for all you do.

  15. I would love one of the drying racks, the washboard, and the stainless steel measuring cups. That is just three, they have so much that I would like.

  16. Amazing store! I am interested in the cast iron cookware (especially the jumbo skillet and reversible griddle), the home canning (especially the pressure canners), and the homestead videos.

  17. So many wonderful items to choose from!!
    To start, I guess I would love to have the Homesteader Drying Rack, the Kitchen pasta Machine and the Country Grain Mill– just to start!
    A shopping spree would be a dream come true… until then, I’ll just save and purchase as I can…

  18. I had never looked through your store before. I liked it.
    I especially liked
    1. The kerosene cook stove
    2. The reusable canning lids
    3. Country grain mill
    I hope to own the kerosene stove one day.

  19. Oh my goodness! I do not know how to pick only 3 item that I would like from that store. Besides another drying rack…:)
    A grain mill, the VERY long spoon( I can not find that anywhere), and the food strainer……..
    very hard to choose…….

  20. I would love to have both the laundry drying racks, the stainles steel mugs and the stainless steel pail! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I looked throughout the website . . . three things that interested me were the homesteading book, the hand coffee grinder, and the popcorn maker. 🙂 Neat products!

  22. So glad this is working out for all involved!!
    Someday I’d love to get the Kitchen Sprouter, the Stainless Steel wheatgrass juicer and some tattler lids.
    I’d love to see herbal products come back like your green drink mix and sick tea….I REALLY miss them!!!!

  23. What a nice selection of homesteading items. I am interested in the hand wringer, all American pressure canner and pasta machine.

  24. Homesteading for beginners Vol. 1 DVD
    Drying rack
    Kitchen pasta machine
    and the wisk is awesome. I just want to order everything…lol.

  25. I love you and your family but look forward to getting to know the people you sold your business to. I can highly recommend your drying racks. I have the large one and use it to dry anything I don’t want to shrink or just to save on my electric bill. The quality is amazing! I would love to have another one but, if I won, I would pass it on to the second place winner and take the book. As far as three things in your store…..1. the cast iron jambalaya pot 2. the clothes wringer 3. a smaller drying rack.

  26. I would love to have a grain mill, sprouter, and the Homestead drying rack. Any of the item are nice. I love the dvd’s (already own them). I also have the peddler drying rack and I can say it is great quality and well worth the extra over the ones you can buy in the stores.

  27. I would love to have quite a few things from the store! But the three things that I’d most want/need are the stainless steel water bath canner, the food/tomato strainer, and the homesteader drying rack.

  28. I absolutely love everything that’s sold. I do wish there were more DVDs and how to’s on gardening, sewing and knitting, bee keeping, and cooking. I can’t wait to get to know your family more! Oh and homeschooling.

  29. The Toy barn set and the wooden car carrier look great! The more I look the more I find that interests me! Like the kerosine stoves and the kerosine lamps!

  30. Hi Erin! What a blessing to find another family to take over your business that you feel so comfortable with! You know when it’s a God thing 😉 I visited the new website and Wow! I will take one of everything (I wish!) I really like:
    1. The homestead drying rack – the big one!
    2. The grain mill
    3. All of the cast iron cookware 🙂

  31. Three things? How can I pick just three things that I love? Ok here are my favs.
    1. stainless steel loaf pan
    2. anything cast iron (especially the dutch oven)
    3. wooden toy kitchen set

  32. The stainless steel products, the pasta roller, and the oats press are on my wish list of awesome! Love, love Mark’s dryer rack! I know that this family will pass your blessings onto others.

  33. I love all the new items in the new store! I really like the laundry hand wringer, the glass washboard, and the table top drying rack.

  34. Such great news for both families! There are so many great things to choose from, but if I have to pick 3 I guess they would be the 23 qt pressure canner, the cast iron jambalya pot and the chicken kitchen timer. God bless all of you!

  35. Absolutely love the store!! Would certainly love to have these :
    1. Canning-All American Pressure Canners
    2. Canning : Home Canning 5 Piece Kit
    3. Canning: Tattler Reusable Jar Lids

  36. The store is absolutely wonderful!! Would certain love to have these books
    1. The Organic Farming Manual
    2. The Backyard Homestead
    3. Just in Case

  37. Congratulations to the new owners! I would love to have a drying rack – it’s something I’ve needed for a little while now.

    • Almost forgot the three Items 🙂
      Stainless tea kettle
      Stainless or cast iron Roaster Pan
      Hand Crank Cream Separator
      It’s hard to pick just three with so many wonderful items.

  38. I would love the popcorn popper, now that Erin showed me how to use one, also the veggie cutter would be so useful. But the most interesting thing would be the wood fire forge…that would be cool to learn how to use.

  39. Love your store. When will you be getting your herb videos back in stock? My three items are ; pasta machine,making herbs simple videos,and All American canner.

  40. There are so many neat things in the store! My top three picks are: the pioneer drying rack, stainless steel popcorn popper, and the 3 piece cast iron skillet set 🙂

  41. I’m interested in a drying rack:) I’ve been wanting a nice quality one since my cheap one from the department store broke. Also, the stainless steel cups for little kids would be so handy instead of the plastic ones we have. I really like the glass washboard since I like doing laundry:)

  42. I would love to win either the book or the drying rack! We don’t have a homestead, just an apartment, but will someday and either would come in handy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. I live the pressure cooker for my canning, the manual neat grinder and of course the drying rack. We are living as self sufficient as possible and everything I mentioned is so helpful. Love this store

  44. Wow, isn’t God fabulous?!?!?! I am delighted that y’all have found one another, and that the Homestead Store is transferred from good hands to good hands.
    There are so many things I am interested in over at the store, but the three that caught my eye first were the pasta machine, deluxe hand-crank grain mill, and Dietz original lantern.
    May both families continue to be blessed!

  45. The pioneer has been on my wish list for so long! Im also interested in the cast iron, and wringer.
    Congrats on the new business and friendship!

  46. Great selection! I love the smaller tabletop drying rack. Space is hard to find here, so that would be awesome. I also love the jumbo potato cutter. We love homemade fries, and the one I have isn’t a large as this. Looks perfect. And the choices in stainless! I’d love the whisk, the loaf pan, so many things. Thanks for sharing this store with us.

  47. Congratulations of finding the perfect family to take over your business. Both prizes look great. Many blesses to both families.

  48. So exciting! I’d love the pioneer drying rack, stainless steel popcorn popper and stainless steel loaf pan. It’s so hard to choose as all of the products look wonderful!!

  49. Wow! What a great selection. I have been wanting one of those drying racks since the first owners made them! And I would love the coffee percolator and the dual burner outdoor patio stove.

  50. I would like the drying rack-in a couple of different sizes, the hand wringer, and another all American canner. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  51. I enjoyed looking through your store. I would like the food mill, lantern, and wringer. Also any of the homesteading and herbal DVDs.

  52. Looks like the perfect family to take over the Homestead Store! I want to live on a farm in Oregon – breathtakingly beautiful! So…pick jut 3 things? I will try! The Hand Wringer is amazing, along with the Dryer Racks themselves, and the Homestead DVDS – I love them (already own them all – but had to mention! They are so helpful!).

  53. Wow, how neat about the new family that will be taking over! I would love the Pioneer Drying Rack, Victorio Food/Tomato Strainer, and some stainless steel loaf pans.
    By the way, we love your Homesteading DVDs. They are so fun to watch and have gave us several good ideas.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  54. Hey! I would love that big homestead drying rack, any homesteading dvds, and a pressure canner 🙂 And a meat grinder. And… ok, I love looking at this stuff and dreaming about someday ;).

  55. I would love the Hand Wringer, the large Pressure Canner and the Homesteading for Beginners Complete set. Thank you for the generous giveaway. Have a great day.

  56. Love your store! I would enjoy so many items but here are three in particular: pioneer drying rack, stainless steel loaf pans, wheat grass juicer. Thanks for the generous giveaway and chance to win!

  57. Tattler reusable canning lids, Victorio food/ tomato strainer, and a cast iron bacon press would be a nice start. =)

  58. Congratulations 🙂 I would love two drying racks for our large family…lol! I would also like the cast iron 12 qt roaster and the measuring spoons.

  59. Wow what a nice give away! Since you asked I would like the table top drying rack, the cast iron baking dish, and any one of the books.
    Thank you for your blog such an encouragement! Even to me who is not a homestader.

    • So I was scrolling through your blog and noticed the winners of the giveaway one of the winner has my name, now I am almost sure it is not me and the only reason I am asking is because the rafflecopter thing said the winner was Abram H. So not a match with the names….just thought I would ask….my mom always said it never hurts to ask…. Wondering if it was this Heather or the other real winner :0). Have a blessed day!

  60. I would love the all american pressure canner, the large drying rack, and the electric butter churn. That is just to name a few 🙂 I would love it all

  61. My pick three would be: the wringer for my laundry, Grain Mill and a drying rack. Thank you Erin for this great contests!

  62. The new items in the store look wonderful. I am very interested in the re-usable canning lids. I also loved the cast iron dutch oven and the cast iron baking pan. There were so many stainless steel cooking items, as well. I really liked the old-fashioned rotary egg beater, too. My husband would love the lanterns. And little children would like the toys. I hope your store does well!

  63. I LOVE your homestead store!!! I would love the large drying rack, the kerosene stove, cast iron pieces (many!) and the All American Canner!! I can not wait to follow your journey! Congratulations on the purchase of the Drying Rack store – I pray you have much success!

  64. What a great giveaway and introduction for the new owners! Thanks for sharing. The three items our family could use on our farm would be the fantastic drying racks, All American pressure canner, and the glass washboard.

  65. I could really use either the drying rack or the book for our family of eight now that two of ours have started their homes. Thanks for your blog! I hope to get one going soon, Lord helpin’ me!

  66. We haven’t started our homestead yet but it is a dream of ours! Especially my dear husbands. I’ve never seen him so determined to get his dream going and not just bouncing around inside his head. We are always studying and preparing our minds. We have talked in the past about how helpful your DVDs will be when we are finally ready. So my list would be:
    1. Homesteading DVDs
    2. Homesteading books
    3. Canning supplies (one of my first projects will be to grow a garden and begin canning our own food.)

  67. What a beautiful store! So enjoyable to see all these hard-to-find items. My wish list includes the 12qt cast iron roaster, a drying rack (any size), and the stainless measuring scoops.

  68. Congratulations Gunderson family! The 3 things that I love to have that you sell are the homesteader drying rack, butter churn replacement jar, the crop sprouter

  69. This is a great idea!
    The drying racks look great, and I love the pictures you’ve put up of the kids working, as well as the beautiful pictures of Oregon, my home state. I sure do miss it there, wahhh.
    Great and thorough article. Keep up the great work, guys, really.

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